I must admit, this is probably the oddest headline I have written, but let me explain, as this is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart.
With so many charitable organizations to donate your time to and numerous volunteer organizations that need your support, you seriously cannot go wrong by choosing a cause to get involved with. While out in California, one that Juliet and I seriously got involved with was the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Without a big, long, drawn out explanation, CHOC is very near and dear to our hearts after being instrumental in helping ensure the health of many people very close to us. Children saved from cancer. Babies diagnosed and treated for rare sicknesses. CHOC is just an outstanding organization.
Charity sees the need, not the cause. ~German Proverb
The basis for this blog is one of the many fundraisers that CHOC has each year, but by a sheer numbers standpoint, it is also one of the most successful. The best part, it involves physical activity and over 14,000 of your best friends.
The CHOC Walk was started over 20 years ago, has grown to over 14,000 participants that take over the Disneyland Resort to walk 5 kilometers to help raise over $1.5 million to help CHOC and the children they save. On top of participating in a 5k, the overall event takes 2-3 hours and is an absolutely heartbreaking and uplifting event that leaves you with a sense of accomplishment that you are donating your time (and a few dollars) to a very worthy cause.
The day starts as any 5k does, with walker registration and the congregation of all participants at the end of Main Street U.S.A. within Disneyland. There is a general sense of camaraderie and a buzz from the crowd. Instead of thousands of runners warming up, you have thousands of people that have donated their time to walk for charity to support their child, or their brother, or cousin, or friend’s son, or any of the millions of families that are affected by CHOC.
Posters are held. Matching t-shirts have been made for the team. Babies in strollers. Survivors.
Everyone is there because they have personally been affected by such a wonderful organization as CHOC who dedicates their mission to helping children.
The walk officially starts and a Master of Ceremonies can be heard over the loudspeakers, welcoming each team, each group, each poster, anyone who walks by and waves. Music fills the air. The vibe and buzz never stop. The walk routes throughout Disneyland Park, Disney’s California Adventure Park and finally culminating in Downtown Disney.
Along the way are all the Disney characters, cheering the walkers along, high-fiving all of the walkers, stopping for photo opportunities and generally giving the whole walk a Disney atmosphere.
While the whole event takes over 60 minutes to walk 3.2 miles due to the sheer amount of people, nobody is here to set a record time, or even power walk, for that matter. Everyone is there to share their story, hug and engage others. This walk is for the kids and all the lives they have touched.
So hunt down a charity walk or run, and get involved. Get your exercise. Donate a little money. Give a little time. Be Charitable, with your feet.
Day 22. Way 22. Be Charitable. With your feet.
Have you participated in any charity walks?
If so, which ones?
What other ways would you recommend to be charitable with your feet?